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Bach: Piano Transcriptions Vol. 8

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasie and Fugue for Organ in C minor, BWV 537
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in G major, BWV 541
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in F major, BWV 540
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in A major, BWV 536
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in F minor, BWV 534
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 "Dorian"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in D major, BWV 532
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Notes & Reviews:

Hyperion's Bach piano transcriptions series reaches volume eight and continues to surprise and delight with this disc featuring Australian pianist Piers Lane that contains many first recordings. A controversial figure at the time, Eugen d'Albert was one of the greatest pianists of his day and, although largely forgotten now, a composer of genuinely international renown. A sometime student at the Royal College of Music, d'Albert rejected his British upbringing and nailed his colors to the mast of German music. Bach was an important part of his performing career - and like other great nineteenth-century pianists, d'Albert saw in the monumental scale of the organ works an opportunity to synthesize the works of the master with the expanded capabilities of the modern piano.

"Lane is up to every challenge - nothing ever sounds labored or awkward, and each voice in some very complex textures can be followed. Great organists switch keyboards and stop combinations for sound variety, in conjunction with different finger articulations to bring out the different voices. In D'Albert's excellent transcriptions, Lane deftly manages to accomplish the same - all on one keyboard, with only one stop, but a universe of tone colors." - American Record Guide

'Lane takes no prisoners in these sonorous and exhilarating performances, conjuring up from the Steinway's richly resonant bass a cathedral's 32 foot pedal division to thrilling effect ... I guarantee you will come away awed anew by the genuis of Bach and amazed by the ingenuity of d'Albert' (Gramophone)

'I found Lane's Prelude (Toccata) and Fugue in D minor, BWV538 unassailably alive to the possibilities that both Bach and d'Albert leave open. The rhythmic impulse never flags, the pithy contrapuntal detail keeps afloat and there is a subliminal sense of goal to keep the thing intact. The A major Fugue, BWV536 shows the pianist highly authoritative and, for me, underlines the highest musicianship' (International Record Review)

'Masterly performances by Piers Lane. D'Albert's versions ... didn't attempt to make the instrument sound like a cathedral organ. In his ingenious hands, they become compelling piano pieces' (The Sunday Times)

'D'Albert's versions of the the C minor Passacaglia, and the Preludes and Fugues in C minor and A major, are extraordinary and exquisite, and Lane plays them with a ravishing finesse that belies their often monumental difficulty' (The Guardian)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (06/18/2009-06/21/2009).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (06/18/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1708-1712

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasie and Fugue for Organ in C minor, BWV 537
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (06/18/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in G major, BWV 541
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (06/18/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1712

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in F major, BWV 540
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (06/18/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in A major, BWV 536
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (06/18/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1708-1717

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in F minor, BWV 534
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (06/18/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 "Dorian"
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (06/18/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1712-1717

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in D major, BWV 532
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (06/18/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710